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Pediatrix Acquires New Jersey Neonatal Practice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 16, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. (NYSE: PDX) today announced the acquisition of Monmouth Neonatal Group, a physician group practice with four physicians and six advanced nurse practitioners based in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Combined historical patient volume for the practice includes more than 8,500 annual neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patient days at Monmouth Medical Center's Level III NICU. The practice specializes in treating premature and low birthweight newborns, focusing on respiratory intensive care services.

"Giving premature babies the healthiest start possible is why we practice medicine and Pediatrix's infrastructure and commitment to improving patient outcomes will help us maintain that focus," said Carlos A. Alemany, M.D., Medical Director for the practice. "We are a rapidly expanding group and joining Pediatrix will provide increased clinical resources, access to peers and a platform to stay on the forefront of medicine."

Monmouth Medical Center was the first community hospital in New Jersey to establish a Level III NICU and its physicians are actively involved in the hospital's pediatric residency program. Physicians in the group are also part of an initiative designed to enhance the relationship between parents and healthcare providers through a model of care that provides educational support to infants' families.

Pediatrix paid cash for the practice and the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings.

About Pediatrix

Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. is the nation's leading provider of newborn, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services. Pediatrix physicians and advanced nurse practitioners are reshaping the delivery of maternal-fetal and newborn care by identifying best demonstrated processes and participating in clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Founded in 1979, its neonatal physicians provide services at more than 240 NICUs, and through Obstetrix, its perinatal physicians provide services in many markets where Pediatrix's neonatal physicians practice. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 890 physicians in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens and newborn metabolic screening. Additional information is available at

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SOURCE: Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc.

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